I am going backwards
It all went horribly wrong! I just could not get the neck and armhole shaping to work (and the lace went pear-shaped).
As you can see, I am unravelling! (I can only face one ball at a time).
I have decided I need to get head my head around the shaping without any pattern issues. I’ve downloaded Blank Canvas, which I believe was designed for this very purpose (get on top of shaping before trying a more complicated pattern).
A bit more progress…
I have been away to somewhere warm and sunny (here). There was quite a bit of sitting by the pool – reading and knitting.
The above was taken early on – I haven’t made much progress since the previous photo, however, I have probably knitted those few rows a million times (only a slight exaggeration).
I am a bit loathe to write this, but I think I have the hang of it now.
I have even managed to fix some mistakes…
Start of my ‘Favourite Scarf Ever’
I wanted an easy project – something that was portable and that doesn’t require concentration. Favourite Scarf Ever from Lisa Bruce (sunshinewalks) seemed perfect.
Here’s the pattern page in ravelry
It uses one ball of (extremely beautiful) misti alpaca sock yarn – perfect (I have quite a few of those on my stash). This one is colourway 46.
What you see above is my third attempt (maybe fourth – I am losing track). It is an easy project, but I get to the end of a row and realise I haven’t done the double decrease properly and my attempts to undo one row always end in disaster. Or I forget to P2Tog at the end and get half-way through the next row before I realise everything is slightly out of alignment. I need to learn how to fix mistakes – is there any course on that?
Finished Gibson Mitts
I finished! As I mentioned before, I lost four rounds in the arm section of the right one, so the cable patterns don’t exactly match, but overall I’m pretty happy with them. Just a quick reminder – the pattern is Gibson Mitts by Kate Atherley, yarn is Malabrigo Sock Yarn in Dewberry – from the Wool Shack.
Now for my next challenge I thought I would knit Kate Davies Braid Hills. In an effort to use my stash I’m going to use this yarn – in the tease colour-way.
Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK – Tease
I have never knit a grown-up sized cardigan, but I have quite a few movies and TV series to watch (like this one), so I think I will manage.
Working on the thumb on the second one – the end is in sight!
I finished the first mitt quite successfully. And then, I think I must have been a bit too confident because the second one has not gone smoothly. At all. I almost got to the point where you put the thumb stitches on waste yarn and it all went pear-shaped – unravel, start again. The second time around I started on the thumb gusset only to release I was four rounds short – needless to say I’m pretty sure my cables aren’t going to match.
Now I have to decide if it’s worth having another go (a whole new pair) or just cut my losses and move on. My plan is to wait and see if I wear them and if I do wear them, to make another pair.
I really want to knit something bigger – something like this
What Eilis is wearing – the one on the right
I have been making the effort to do a little bit each day – currently I am at 30 mins, but hoping to increase that (maybe more than one session?)
I have been working on my Gibson Mitts (by Kate Atherley). I got a little a bit confused with the instructions and made the arm/wrist part too long. I thought it said do 6 repeats of the cable chart, but it meant 6 repeats in each round and I only needed to do 3 whole repeats – oops!
I’m enjoying knitting this although I suspect it is going to have the same issue as socks – that is you need to knit a second one (and I need to make the same mistake with the second one!).
The yarn is Malabrigo Sock yarn in dewberry – it is a fabulous deep purple colour.
I finished the hat while we were on holiday in Albany …
We even made it to the top of here
Sign at the Summit
It came together well and Miss A loves it (I don’t think she has taken it off!).
I really like the construction method – the way the decreases happen between the cables and that even the cables get smaller near the crown.
The yarn drove me a bit batty – the ball kept collapsing… Miss P has put in an order, but I have a few other things on the go – this and this
Current work in progress
As Miss A won’t wear socks, I needed to knit her something different – she chose a hat. Together we searched Ravelry and found this hat (Azurite). She picked the yarn –Filatura Di Crosa Baby Zarina Print.
I haven’t knitted a hat before, but so far so good.
The instructions call for a LT (Left Twist) which involves dropping a stitch (carefully), moving the stitch behind it to the right needle, picking the stitch up again and the moving the stitch back – really just changing the stitch order of the first two stitches on the left needle. I was not prepared to drop a stitch – no matter how carefully – so I have been using a cable needle. A bit wussy I know, but I couldn’t deal with the drama of a laddering dropped stitch.
I’m finding knitting this to be quite compelling – it is a 9 stitch pattern that I can remember quite easily, so I can knit this while watching various British period dramas – like this one or this one.
I finished the socks – first project completed for 2016. It is the Basic Ribbed Sock from Kate Atherley’s sock book. The yarn is Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock in shade Queen.
These socks came together pretty easily – I know one looks longer in the image but I think Miss P just pulled one up more. Next up a hat for Miss A (this one). The swatch is currently being blocked.
My new (army green) field bag
My field bag from Fringe Association Supply Co has arrived – in the much coveted army green (Australians call it khaki). It is fabulous – it stays upright when you put it on a table or the floor, it is a nice solid canvas, it has a pocket inside for my note book and spots for needles.
This was a decadent purchase – it was $85 US (including shipping), which means it was $120 AUD. I loved it and can see myself using it all of the time – it is a really stylish knitting bag not like the frumpy, quilted, flowery things you normally find.